Proposed bridge to connect two cities
In the annual session of the Guangdong provincial legislature, a bridge built over the Pearl River will connect Shenzhen and Zhongshan to further integrate the two Pearl River Delta cities. In the five year Guangdong Program, the bridge project will include a 50 kilometer expressway and to cost around 30 billion yuan.
There is no date on when the project will start, and cooperation is needed from the cities of Shenzhen, Zhongshan and Guangzhou to decide on the location, impact on navigation is to be coordinated and approvals from the provincial and Central government. When the Shenzhong (Shenzhen-Zhongshan) bridge project is finished it will be a key infrastructure and a passage in promoting economic exchanges on both sides of the Pearl River.
Still uncertainty lingers on when the project will start, since the Central Government gave priority to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. In the past years deputies of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress have been pressing the building of the Shenzhong bridge since the Humen bridge is overloaded and bottleneck traffic will form in the transport network if a new bridge will not be built. If the bridge will be constructed, it will only take 30 minute to travel from Zhongshan to Shenzhen and Guangzhou airports and Hong Kong can be reached in a hour.